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Thursday July 20, 6:06 pm Eastern Time
Company Press Release
DISH Network Satellite TV Adds WGN-TV Chicago to Local Channel Lineup
LITTLETON, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 20, 2000–
EchoStar’s DISH Network Brings Competition to Cable – Along with Hundreds of
Channel Choices – by Offering Local ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and
Now Local WGN-TV for Chicago Customers with Cubs, White Sox and
Chicago Bulls Games
EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH – news, DISHP – news) is
pleased to announce today that DISH Network(TM) has added the popular Warner Bros.(WB) affiliate WGN-TV to its lineup of local network offerings via
satellite television in Chicago for no additional charge.
WGN-TV (ch. 9) offers top local news programming and acclaimed shows from
the WB such as “Felicity,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Roswell” and
“Dawson’s Creek,” as well syndication hits “Friends” and “Drew Carey,”
the highly rated “WGN Morning News,” renowned kids programming such as
“The Bozo Super Sunday Show,” plus a full schedule of Chicago Bulls, Cubs
and White Sox games.
Including WGN-TV, DISH Network currently offers WLS-ABC (ch. 7), WBBM-CBS
(ch. 2), WMAQ-NBC (ch. 5), and WFLD-FOX (ch. 32) to 16 counties in the
Chicago metro area for a package price of only $4.99 per month. A national
PBS channel can be purchased for an additional $1 per month. These counties
include: Cook, De Kalb, Du Page, Grundy, Jasper, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, La
Porte, La Salle, Lake, Lake (north), McHenry, Newton, Porter and Will.
With final passage of satellite TV legislation by Congress last November,
DISH Network now provides cable customers an affordable alternative by
offering local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX network channels, plus some independent
and super stations via satellite TV.
DISH Network currently offers local channels in 30 metro areas, including:
New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; San Francisco-Oakland-San
Jose; Boston; Dallas-Ft. Worth; Washington, D.C.; Detroit; Atlanta;
Seattle-Tacoma; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Miami-Ft. Lauderdale; Phoenix; Denver;
Pittsburgh; Nashville; Salt Lake City; Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City,
Mo.; Houston; Cleveland; Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla.; Tampa-St.
Petersburg, Fla.; Sacramento-Modesto-Stockton, Calif; St. Louis; Portland,
Ore.; Indianapolis; Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, N.C.; and
DISH Network offers affordable programming packages, such as America’s Top
40 channel package for only $19.99 per month, America’s Top 100 CD channel
package for only $29.99 per month and America’s Top 150 channel package for
only $39.99 per month. Consumers can receive local networks via a DISH
Network DISH 500 satellite TV system, as well as receive hundreds of
all-digital sports, news, entertainment and premium movie channels. DISH
Network also offers dozens of foreign-language channels, including DISH
Latino, DISH Network’s comprehensive all-Spanish-language package, using a
single small dish.
DISH Network also offers a WGN Superstation channel in America’s Top 100 CD
For more information visit www.dishnetwork.com, call 1-800/333-DISH (3474),
or contact your local DISH Network retailer.
DISH Network is EchoStar’s state-of-the-art DBS system with the capacity to
offer 500 channels of digital video and CD-quality audio programming as well
as fully MPEG-2/DVB compliant hardware and installation. DISH Network, a
trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation, currently serves over 4
million customers nationwide. DISH Network was ranked number one in customer
satisfaction among satellite/cable TV subscribers by J.D. Power and
Associates in 1999. EchoStar is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX),
which contains the largest non-financial companies on the Nasdaq Stock